NDIC pays N1.084 billion to depositors of the closed MFBs/MPBs


    Following the revocation of licenses for 179 Microfinance Banks and 4 Primary Mortgage Banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the NDIC immediately commenced liquidation of the banks and began disbursing insured sums to depositors within just 7 days of the closure of these banks. It’s important to note that as at 22nd September 2023, the Corporation had paid a cumulative insured sum of N1.084 billion naira to 29,573 depositors of the closed MFBs/MPBs.

    The managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, Bello Hassan, made this known during the NDIC Special Day at the ongoing 18th Abuja International Trade Fair.

    “It is however instructive to let you know that payments are still ongoing and depositors with funds exceeding the insured limit will receive liquidation dividends after recovery of debts and sale of physical assets of the closed banks”, he said.

    “Indeed, Nigerian depositors are our priority and our foundation is built on ensuring the safety and security of their deposits. This ideal is encapsulated in our strap line; “Protecting your bank deposits!”. This is crucial for financial inclusion because it gives Nigerians the assurance that their money is safe and accessible when needed. Furthermore, the Corporation’s activities through the supervision of banks, continuous monitoring and oversight serves as consumer protection for depositors which enhances confidence in the financial system. This acts as an incentive for the unbanked to access financial services of licensed banks”, he added.


    The Corporation according to him is in the process of verifying and paying liquidation dividends to depositors and stakeholders of 20 closed banks: They are Allied Bank, Peak Merchant Bank, Commerce Bank, Continental Merchant Bank, Financial Merchant Bank, Fortune Bank, Gulf Bank, Hallmark Bank, Icon Merchant Bank, Liberty Bank, Nigeria Merchant Bank, North South Bank, Premier Commercial Bank, Prime Merchant Bank, Progress Bank and Merchant Bank. Eligible parties can visit our website for more information and download verification forms at, www.ndic.gov.ng  and submit them to claimscomplaints@ndic.gov.ng.


    “We at the NDIC hold the strong view that “Knowledge is Power”, and we believe that an informed depositor can make better financial decisions. I urge the public to be cautious of illegal fund managers, often referred to as “Wonder Banks” or “Ponzi Schemes.” These entities offer high-interest rates and profits that are too good to be true, leading to devastating losses for many. It’s important to note that these “wonder banks” are neither licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria nor covered by the NDIC deposit insurance scheme. Members of the public are therefore advised to patronize only banking institutions with a display of the NDIC Stickers carrying the words: “Insured by NDIC” in their banking halls or entrances and various branches across the country”, the MD stated.


    He further stated that the Corporation operates a robust 24-hour Help Desk with a Toll Free telephone line number 080063424357 for further information, enquiries on depositors’ claims settlement and complaints on sharp practices by their banks. The general public can also access our website on www.ndic.gov.ng as well as our various social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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